Background: Between paper notebooks, post-it notes, OneNote, Evernote, and so many more, there is no shortage of ways to write things down. Each has its strengths and weaknesses, but none satisfied my requirements to act as a daily work log to record key events, thoughts, and milestones during my work day.
My paper notebook is excellent for free-form thoughts, sketches, and calculations, but I would want to keep a separate notebook to keep track of these sequential events. We use OneNote at work, but where the infinite blank canvas is a strength in applications such as for research or brainstorming, I found it to be a weakness in record keeping since the document is too easy to edit and “fragile”.
One day after learning about Git and SourceTree, I knew wanted to create a similar commit-style application to record activites and “freeze” them in time. Not web-based, internet connected, or cross platform; just a no frills desktop application that does one thing and one thing only.
Objective: Develop a simple application to log daily activities at work.
- Entries for each day are saved in a date-stamped text file
- Each commit is time-stamped in the text file
- Archive of log entries is accessible through the list in the left column
- Text files show up as read only in the application, but are editable and searchable through the Windows File Explorer